Igar, pilot of the newly arrived hot air balloon based at the Phuket Airpark is truly enjoying Phuket. During November he gave many visitors tethered rides utilizing the newly installed ground anchor points on the Airpark.
We wish Sergi and his team the very best on their new enterprise. They were part of the annual Hot Air Balloon festival in Chang Mai last month.
The repair of Zenair U-P99 has been completed, including a sharp looking new red paint scheme. The aircraft is expected to arrive at Phuket Airpark once DCA has completed the certification process later this month or early January.
Previous and new students will soon be back in the skies over Phuket.
A Piper Lance aircraft is scheduled to join the Phuket Flying Club. Arrival is set for first week January and flying with new HS registration in March-April.
Aero Pro will manage the operational aspects of the plane under the Phuket Flying Club. It's a great addition for cross-country, introduction flights, and training.
The Phuket Airpark has a new welcome sign at the main entrance.
The sign not only welcomes visitors but also highlights the current Airpark service's hot air balloon, skydiving, Flying Club, Land sales, and general aviation management.
The last three months has seen many hours of effort behind the scenes to stop the erosion of general aviation on Phuket.
The desire and interest level to maintain and rebuild general aviation at the Phuket airpark has never been higher from a wide vary of sources.
It takes time, but a worthwhile goal for each of us who has a passion for aviation. Please support the Phuket Flying Club rebuilding effort with our small list of achievable goals.
..Six commercial enterprises (currently three)
..15-25 based planes (currently four)
..Safe flight operations
..Small and large scale aviation/land investor activates
..General aviation social hub for Thailand (time to restart the music and Bar-B -Q)
..Learning center for pilots and new students.